is hoping for a sequel
to "Sweet Home Alabama
" nearly 20 years after the film's release, even if it will take some time.
During an appearance on SiriusXM’s “Pop Culture Spotlight” show this week, Lucas was asked about the 2002 romantic comedy
, and while he is eager to reunite with Reese Witherspoon
in a long-overdue sequel, he cautioned fans
not to hold their breath given his co-star’s busy schedule.
“Look, I would love to do the sequel,” he told host Jessica Shaw, “but the issue is Reese has a book club. I say that laughingly, but... I’ve heard things like, ‘Oh, you can talk to her about stuff five years from now, now.’ She’s a mogul.”
Lucas is correct. Witherspoon co-founded Hello Sunshine, a cross-platform media
company dedicated to telling female-driven stories on film, TV, and digital platforms, in 2016. The company has produced such hits as "Big Little Lies
" and "The Morning Show
," and currently has a slew of projects in development at Netflix
, and Amazon
Witherspoon, who won an Academy Award for her performance in 2005's "Walk the Line," also curates "Reese's Book Club x Hello Sunshine," which celebrates female authors and protagonists, both real and fictional.
Lucas stated in his "Pop Culture Spotlight" interview
that Witherspoon's seemingly endless drive was obvious from the start.
“I remember telling the director or someone, ‘I bet this woman ends up running a movie
studio one day,’” he explained, “and she’s even beyond that at this point, I mean, she’s her own version of Oprah Winfrey
“Sweet Home Alabama,” directed by Andy Tennant, followed fashion
designer Melanie Carmichael (played by Witherspoon), who returns to her Southern hometown seeking a divorce
from her estranged husband, Jake Perry (Lucas), so that she can marry Andrew Hennings (Patrick Dempsey), a wealthy and well-connected New Yorker.
While it's unclear whether Witherspoon was made aware of Lucas' remarks this week, she cryptically shared a series of throwback photos
from the "Sweet Home Alabama" set to Instagram
Reese Witherspoon (@reesewitherspoon) shared this post on Instagram.
And the actress, who is preparing to reprise her role as Elle Woods in “Legally Blonde 3,” has stated that she would be interested in a “Sweet Home Alabama” sequel.
wants to make a sequel, they can just call me,” she said in a 2016 Facebook
Live chat, according to Entertainment
Tonight, adding, “I would happily make 'Sweet Home Alabama 2.'"
Below, you can read Josh Lucas' thoughts on a "Sweet Home Alabama" sequel.